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morning. good morning. i'm gene ramirez. >> and i'm gayle guyardo. in our top stories this morning, we begin with breaking news. a deadly workplace shooting in rural kansas kills three innocent victims and leads to the death of the shooter. >> the gunfire erupted inside a lawnmower manufacturerring plant. employees ran, scared for their lives. >> it didn't matter who it was, he had no specific target. he just shooting anyone that got in his way. >> right now, 14 people are injured. in about four minute, we will have a full report explaining the shooter's connection to
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and the gop debate is trending on twitter in tampa. candidates came to verbal blows during the final debate before super tuesday. and they have a lot on the line. senators marco rubio and ted cruz must both win their home states if they have any shot of beating trump for their party's nomination. and this story is going viral this morning. seaworld now confessing to spying on animal rights activists. this all comes after peta accused a seaworld worker of infiltrating the group to get intel. seaworld's ceo's claims the move was meant to keep customers and animals safe. we have a nice cool down for the weekend, leigh. >> yeah, a cool snap. we had the cold front that came through two days ago. you felt the winds yesterday. well the winds are lighter but it's getting chilly. 40 in brooksville. 38 in zephyrhills. polk county, 43 in auburndale. and farther south, 47 in arcadia but warmer near the
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the winds, they're light but because they're light, we're actually colder than this time yesterday. plant city, lakeland, nine degrees colder. 11 degrees colder in inverness. and the cool air will just spread in all day today. so we never warm up, 62 and still breezy this afternoon. at 5:38 in weather and traffic on the 8s, i have an eight-day temperature trend and you will watch it go up and down. so stay tuned but leslee has a few things for the friday commute. it's looking better. a lot of the overnight construction has been picked up. what's happening out there on the travel times. 301, palmetto area, 10th street to state road 70, a nine minute commute. and on 41 from manatee avenue to state road 72, about half an hour. basically just red lights. and we have a great drive on 275. this is right around 38th avenue south. in the distance is 54th avenue south. they have reopened the off-ramp that was closed earlier. and a good drive on hurricane 4
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4 right around the localing parkway. and -- around the polk parkway. and now back to gene and gayle. >> all right, leslee. happening today. an all-out effort from one local police department to keep information safe. now starting in a few hour, officers in sarasota will check gas pumps for skimmers. this is a problem we have been reporting on all across the bay area for months now. 8 on your side's ryan hughs is live in sarasota. ryan, police want us to be extra careful when we stop and fill up. we keep saying this. >> reporter: exactly, gene. good morning to you. and right now the burden is on us, the consumers. when we use credit cards at gas pumps like this one. and sarasota police want us to look for certain things while we are here. and that's why they'll visit several gas stations where they'll open the pumps and look for the illegal devices.
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reported on a number of incidents involving skimmers recently including one found at the exxon on tamiami trail this month. the goal of the sneaky devices is to get your card information. and according to the agriculture commissioner, scammers are getting better and better at this. and now they don't even have to come back here to the pump. >> the latest version of the technology is actually blue tooth. so they don't have to return to the scene of the crime to retrieve their device that contains the data that they stole from you. >> reporter: now this is a big problem for all of us. this morning, officers will visit three gas stations including the one i'm at right now on south off spray avenue. you can could want on 8 on your side to be here and let you know what they find. and gene, we have a list of all the gas stations in the bay area where the skimmers have been found. you can take a look at that at wfla.com. back to you for now.
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just wild to see how high-tech they have gotten. crazy. in breaking news this morning, we are learning the man suspected of killing three and wounding more than a dozen others during a mass shooting in kansas has ties to south florida. >> the sheriff there believes it's a case of workplace violence. the gunman is now dead. along with three innocent victims. >> an employee at the lawn care company describes the gunman as his friend and can't believe he would do something like this. news channel 8's lindsey mastis is live in the tampa news center this morning. lindsey, what is his connection to south florida? >> reporter: an employee says the shooter is cedric ford. and when we found his facebook page, he posted miami as his hometown. this video was posted to his facebook page. and he up loaded this just a few months ago and it shows him firing a weapon. we do not know whether this is the same weapon used in the shooting but at least one witness described seeing him
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this shooting took place late in the work day and it came as a complete surprise. >> we were already looking at him and he yelled and just went >> reporter: altogether, he opened fire at four locations, wounding 14, killing three before being killed by law enforcement. and investigators believe something set him off. they're not revealing a motive just yet. i'm going to stay on top of the story and let you know when we get more information about why this man opened fire. i'll have updates throughout the morning. gayle -- >> so tragic. it just seems like this keeps happening and happening. thanks, lindsey. let's go to the shooting in kalamazoo. a longtime friend of the shooting suspect now claims that the gunman feared that recent mass shootings could lead to gun control. the friend didn't want to be identified but says he has
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and claims he spoke to him the day before the shootings. when he saw dalton's face on the news, he was in shock. >> when i look at his eyes on the television screen, there's something that doesn't look right. i don't know if something snapped, if something broke in his head. i don't know. >> well, investigators found 11 long guns and four hand guns inside dalton's home. six people died in the shooting. apple verses the fbi. today is the deadline for app toll respond to the justice department's order to help the government break into san bernardino shooter's phone. apple claims it would be forced to create new software to unlock the phone. google promises to back apple by filing a friend of the court brief within the next week. senator bill nelson is calling on apple to unlock the phone. so you've got to see this. a firsthand look at what tampa police officers experience on the job every day. sometimes when you watch the news, police dash cam video
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events where maybe the police officers aren't doing the right thing. tampa police decided to the share their every day view with us. and most of the time, their days involve the unexpected, the good, the bad and the ugly. and sometime it includes just playing catch with a local child or simply helping someone change a tire. >> you know, these things are the things that people never see. you know, just our ability, our desire just to want to help people and be kind to them. fixing bikes and pushing vehicles off the side of the roadways and that sort of thing, it's -- for most of us, this is why we do this job. >> this video was posted on the tampa police facebook page and their twitter account as well. it's been shared thousands of times so far but a different look of the daily lives of the officers. >> it's good to remind people of all the good things they do. yeah. it's 5:38. how is the weather looking? >> well, a little chilly. if you're just stepping out the door, going for a jog, walking
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temperatures in the 30s, 40s and 50s. and i'm going to say about 49 degrees at 8:00 this morning. a tough time getting warmer. we do get into about the mid- 50s by 10:00, 11:00 this morning. still 58 though by the lunch break. and the breeze will make it feel colder. highs today around 62. that's well below the average of 74. so you know it's going to be a cool evening. 7:00 p.m. on this friday, 53 but check out the overnight low, plenty of 30s on the map. and colder tonight, 38 temperature the terrace. 40 in riverview. and 35 in crystal river and inverness. and 39 in lakeland and bartow. and cool again tomorrow at 64. but watch the eight-day temperature trend. 70 on sunday. upper 70s tuesday and wednesday before, you guessed it, another cold front cools us down. and now traffic on the 8s. hopefully things aren't slowing us down. >> not too bad. things are looking better. little bit by little bit. not a perfect drive but this is
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right now in the bay area interstates around the polk parkway. pinellas county, we are up to speed as well. this is around 38th avenue south. and all right, let's take a look at some of the problems that we have in polk county, a possible fatal crash. fhp changed the locater on this. it was a little north and now they're saying it's closer to winter haven. it looks like traffic is still getting by. so possibly an investigation taking place or just investigating. ulmerton road west of u.s. 19, roadway. bridges. no delays on the howard franklin. only six minutes to cross it. that's a look at weather and traffic on the 8s. back to gene and gayle. >> all right, thank you. interesting story here. you will want to hear the details. a family kicked off a plane trying to enjoy one last trip with their dying father. >> and then some passengers started clapping and even
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were kicked off the plane in the first place. and the magical creature that lead police on a wild chase. do you believe? oh, boy, we will show you where this came from. the 8 on your side alert that could impact your family and pets. up next, the bay area neighborhoods where a rabies
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right here in hillsborough county, you need to hear this to make sure your family and pets are safe. two rabies cases in less than two week, both involving cats infected. news channel 8's adrienne pedersen is live in the town and country area where the
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and adrienne, how can we protect ourselves? >> reporter: good morning, gayle. it's definitely unsettling and that's because we're not even talking about raccoons or possums but instead, cats. which we're all all the time. i will explain where we are talking about in a second. but first, let's take a look at the mallory square apartments. this is where someone got too close to a cat and got bit. let's pull up a map of the area we're talking about. you can see the bigger picture here. check out the boundaries. tampa bay trail, hillsborough avenue, west waters avenue and southern bend. this is the area we're worried about. and now the other cat tested positive in citrus park. the alert, we are under it right now, it continues and should last for a total of about 60 days. and we did ask officials should people be worried about other cats being infected? they hope not. they hope this is the only one in the area but of course, you can't be too sure. >> yeah, you have to be so
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want to pet one of those. thank you, adrienne. well today a zephyrhills couple is sharing a different the story about guantanamo bay. they reached out to me after seeing president barack obama announce his plan to close the detention facility. they met at the u.s. naval base in the mid-90s. and now they are married with a teenage son but the couple remembers life on the base before it housed war criminals. and they're hopeful it will some day return to what it once was. >> those are bad guys. that's a really nice place. they don't deserve that place. they deserve kansas where it's cold and miserable. >> ron roach was a private contractor on the base. and she was in the navy. they shared pictures of boat parties and parades. when they live there had, the base housed haitian and cuban migrant, not prisoners of war. >> i'm looking forward to that.
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sick because of a listeria outbreak linked to dole packaged salads. the centers for disease control reports three more people were sickened. the total comes to 18 people across nine states. the salads were produced in a plant in ohio. doll recalled fresh selection, simple truth, market side and the little salad bar in several states including florida. so be sure to check your fridge to see if you have one of the salads. >> those are popular. it's a trip one family wishes they could forget. listen to this. a 7-year-old boy suffers an allergic reaction on the plane and the family is forced off the flight. he had an allergic reaction to a dog that was on a flight headed to washington state. well the airline says the service dog triggered the hives. the family tells us, they were not upset with the airline but rather the passengers because those passengers clapped and laughed at them. >> that was just -- made me sad
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and that was really not nice to clap at only a 7-year-old. >> yeah, just breaks your heart. the family says they were trying to enjoy one last trip with his dad. the airline says they stand by their decision. well right now, the houston fire department is trying to figure out what sparked this gas line rupture that sent flames shooting into the sky. you can see them right there. this explosion happened outside of a mansion in texas. fire. get out. a victim of a violent home invasion is wake up this morning in her freshly painted house and manicured yard. clearwater police and code compliance picked up paint brushes, power tools and transommed her house to help the 93-year-old margaret. four years ago, a man barged into her home, knocked her down and ran off with cash. her house fell into disrepair. instead of receiving a citation, she got a home make- over.
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they get through. i tell you, it's unbelievable. >> the clearwater police and code compliance officers hope the project shows they truly giving back to the community. all right, this made my morning. i hope it does the same for you. a unicorn jailbreak. there it is right there. a little too close for comfort. this mystical creature pulled over on the side of the highway in california. this morning though, she's back home. that thing looks real. >> yes. >> it might be. you're looking at juilet, a 20- year-old pony who doesn't look her age and who makes children's dreams come true time after time. police say she escaped from a child's birthday party leading them on a wild chase for hours. don't they fly? she was still wearing the horn when they found her there. juilet was not hurt. and neither was anybody else. >> that's quite the horn. all fun and games until you get poked in the face. >> or somewhere else.
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>> juilet would not cothat. she's a nice unicorn obviously. temperatures are chillily. in fact, we start at about 49 degrees. that's cooler than yesterday. at this point, the winds aren't very strong but i expect the winds to get breezy through the day. 58 degrees at noon. we stay well below average. a high today of just 62 degrees. so you step out the door right now to 40 in brooksville. 39 in zephyrhills. 46 in plant city. and also 46 in bartow. and then closer to the coast and it does get warmer, 59 in st. pete. and 60 in bradenton. and i checked in with big monkey in crystal beach, around 55 degrees. let's go forward in time. we will get another push of some colder air. so while it's lighter, there are lighter winds and lower temperatures this morning, we really don't warm up much, 10 to 15 degrees below average. and high pressure keeps us with a chilly morning tomorrow. coldest morning of the cold
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and sunny skies but notice eventually we do warm back up. 64 on saturday. and back and well into the 70s next week. 8s. all right, taking a look out there. it looks pretty good. a good drive on u.s. 19 through palm harbor. just red lights. state road 54 to tampa road, only 13 minutes. on 41, another good drive-thru land o'lakes here. state road 50 to state road 54, roughly a 10 minute commute. bay area bridges up to speed. and also 275 off the howard franklin bridge, only going to take six minutes to cross it. and then into downtown, just four minutes extra. bearss avenue to i-4, still a good drive, roughly nine minutes southbound on 275. and polk county of course, still keeping an eye on this possible fatal crash. a little bit of a slow down here 1792. just north of the winter haven area and south of lake alfred. another than that, polk county looks great.
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city. that's a look at weather and traffic on the 8s. back to gene and gayle. >> thank you. well they visit nearly 400 schools every year. the kids love it. >> and now they're making their way to the bay area. the way police are teaming up with big names in basketball to innuance positive change in the community. you're watching news channel 8
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you know the harlem now they are teaming up with st. petersburg police the to keep kids out of trouble. it's part of the hoops not crime campaign. a globetrotter star and police made a visit at john hopkins school. they visit more than 400 schools each season. well penguins are great swimmer, look at them go. but walk, well, that's a different story. see them waddling along. scientists conducted a study to see how chubby penguins waddle. they put 10 penguins on a treadmill for 10 minutes. that will wear you out. they found when the birds walk too fast, they can fall over. although they are better at fasting, they are targets for predators. >> and they don't even have them on an incline or anything. weather and traffic on the
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plus, a fiery exchange of words. >> yeah, not sticks and stones but daggers in the final gop debate before super tuesday. in the next half hour, which candidates are ganging up on another competitor. you're watching news channel 8
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it's time weather and traffic on the 8s. friday finally. a little cool when you walkout side. 45 in lakeland. 54 in tampa. this is cooler than this time yesterday. in fact, we stay chilly all day. bringing the winds back up out of northwest at 15 miles per hour. so a high of just 62. and then 42, colder tonight. leslee, how about traffic on the 8s? well, a great drive on the bay area bridges. only about seven minutes to cross the howard franklin bridge. and you're looking at about seven on the courtney campbell causeway as well. and here's i-4 around the poll, parkway. a wonderful drive on the
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but still looks good as you move from the polk parkway through lakeland, plant city, all the way into ybor city, up to speed. here's a quick look at pinellas county, also looks great on 275. coming up, we will look at
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well good morning and thank you for watching news channel 8 today. i'm gayle guyardo. >> and i'm gene ramirez. we begin with breaking news on this friday morning. new information about the shooting rampage at a kansas manufacturerring plant. cedric ford is accused of killing three people and wounding 14 others at excel industries. police shot and killed ford. on his facebook page, ford claims he is from miami. and a house fire in clearwater. flames broke out in the kitchen

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